The root causes of human trafficking can be traced to lack of self image, supportive community, and healthy relationships. Empower, our girls club curriculum, was written so that girls can take the obstacles, hardships and pressures that are so often placed upon them and turn them into something good. It teaches them to turn challenges into learning experiences, enabling them to emerge stronger and better equipped for the world that they face. In fact, this is why Empower was created in the first place: to provide girls a community in which they learn how to embrace and reveal their inner beauty. Our curriculum consist of two handbooks that are used by club coordinators. These are the family strengthening curriculum and the girls empowerment club curriculum ("Empower" in English, and "Bhitri Sundarta" in Nepali).
Empower consists of lessons around building character, overcoming challenges, growing up, influencing others well, and planning for the future. Meetings consist of foundational lessons designed to build a sense of community and friendship amongst young girls and strengthen self-image, social skills and healthy habits. Each meeting is composed of a lesson, discussion, activities and a sample journal prompt for girls to record their thoughts. The lessons are adaptable to different age groups, religious affiliations and educational systems.
Meetings that address positive thinking are designed to help girls discover healthy ways of dealing with stress and difficult situations. Those that address facing obstacles and enduring hardship, on the other hand, are meant to allow a space where girls can identify and tackle the challenges they face, whether at home, school or in their communities.
The best measures of protection against exploitation are locally driven efforts beginning in the most affected communities.
Prevention clubs mobilise and equip citizens to protect, intercept and restore youth at risk. Activities are designed to raise awareness, educate, and equip local participants about the risks of child trafficking and systematic abuse of young girls. Efforts include children advocating for their peers, girls' clubs that build self-worth, women cooperating to keep girls in school, and community leaders upholding children's rights. Other clubs aim to intercept girls being trafficked or trapped in abuse and restore them to their families or guide them to a restoration shelter.
Global Family’s work in Canada includes community-based clubs in various cities across the country and the beginning of the ‘Just One’ mentorship campaign. We have seen great strides in raising awareness and community mobilisation against human trafficking.
Global Family has been working in El Salvador since 2016 starting girls’ empowerment clubs in rural areas. In November 2018, we hosted a girls’ club camp that strengthened club communities and continued to teach girls about how to protect themselves from systematic abuse.
Myanmar was recently been downgraded by the US State Department with respect to its efforts to combat human trafficking. We work in the capital city of Yangon as well as the states of Chin, Shan and Kachin as these areas have significant human trafficking activity. Many Burmese children are trafficked domestically for labor as well as into neighbouring countries for child marriage, sexual enslavement, etc. Our coordinators work to form clubs and hold awareness campaigns to educate families about the risks of letting their children go away from home. They have also intercepted several trafficking rings and been able to restore children back home with their families.
Global Family Nepal uses the Bhitri Sundarta curriculum in rural and urban club settings, which consists of foundational lessons designed to build a sense of community and friendship amongst young girls and strengthen self-image, social skills, and healthy habits. Club activities include children advocating for their peers, girls’ clubs that build self-work, women cooperating to keep girls in school, and community leaders upholding children’s rights. Other clubs aim to intercept girls being trafficked or trapped in abuse and restore them back to their families or guide them to a restoration shelter.
We are implementing a girls empowerment club in Falkirk, Scotland. Global Family has implemented girls’ empowerment clubs globally since 2007. These clubs serve to mobilize community members for positive social change, provide support and mentorship to girls, and prevent abuse. The club in Falkirk will serve girls from low-income families and communities and will gather weekly for a lesson and activities around being unique, making good friends, and overcoming obstacles in life. The club will be led by three adult, female volunteers who will be managed by the Head of Programmes. Volunteers will use a curriculum created by Global Family called Empower, which is used internationally and has been translated into seven languages. The club, by providing a safe and supportive atmosphere with trained and dedicated mentors, will foster empowerment, leadership, and healthy relationship amongst club participants. The club will assist young girls in developing a greater understanding of their uniqueness, skills, and career dreams and aspirations.
Global Family launched in Thailand in the northern area of Chiang Rai in 2016. Our focus is to work with tribal groups in this region (the golden triangle) to raise awareness and find local solutions to the issues of child exploitation and trafficking. Our girls' club curriculum has been translated into Thai (in addition to French, Spanish, Nepali and English) and builds communities of support for at-risk girls.
We have worked in the United States since 2016, starting girls’ empowerment clubs and trainings which aim to educate child care professionals and youth about how to identify and intervene in human trafficking. Beneficiaries of this training include educators, foster care, the transportation and service industry, and anyone who comes into contact with minors on a regular basis. The youth version of this training helps adolescents become more aware of the issue, know what to do and how to recognise when their peers are affected.
Project Highlight .
Girls Choice Foundation
Our mission is to promote girl child rights and support and protect each other from trafficking and abuse in Kathmandu, Nepal.
The Thali Miniland School club in Kathmandu, Nepal is a student led club that formed just after the 2015 earthquake. The girl students (and few boys who are invited to join) took action when faced with harassment at school. They meet weekly to discuss matters and listen to one another, work though the "Bhitri Sundarta" (Inner Beauty) curriculum, and raise funds for needy children in their community. These girls have gained confidence and support one another with the encouragement of their parents and school principal. Now, they are training girls from a nearby school to start their own club! The club spreads awareness of trafficking and abuse, and now these children are teaching their peers about their rights and encouraging each other to stay in school… It seems the Girls’ Choice Foundation can do just about anything!
Develop child-friendly messaging on issues such as trafficking, child rights, and abuse
Strengthen our club to become more sustainable and reach the community with awareness education
Empower one another and teach our friends about their rights